McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Pasco, Washington 99302

McNary National Wildlife Refuge

McNary National Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide

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"The McNary National Wildlife Refuge is primarily a waterfowl preserve. The refuge encompasses many flooded fields, sloughs, and inlets along the Columbia River. It also sprawls across farmlands that provide winter forage for migratory birds. This area draws thousands of ducks, geese, and swans each year, usually beginning in November.

Look for tundra swans, redheads, cinnamon teal, green-winged teals, mergansers of all kinds, buffleheads, Canada geese, mallards, pintails, and the ever-present coots. Even when the migratory waterfowl are gone, the area is worth a visit. With desert on one side and the rich riparian area of the Columbia River on the other, an odd mix of birds and animals congregates at the refuge."

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"Views of American White Pelicans and American Avocet in the summer and one of the largest congregations of migrating waterfowl in Washington in the fall and winter are two of the main draws of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Located near the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers and spanning the shoreline in sections southward to the mouth of the Walla Walla River, McNary is a must-see site any time of the year. Habitats: Shrub-steppe, lowland riparian, wetland, freshwater marsh, mudflat. Specialty birds: Common Loon; American White Pelican; Tundra and Trumpeter Swans; Greater White-fronted Goose; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s Hawk; Chukar; American Avocet; Black-necked Stilt; Solitary Sandpiper; Longbilled Curlew; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Bonaparte’s Gull; Forster’s Tern; Short-eared and Burrowing Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Dusky Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
November through March
350 feet
Trailhead Elevation
350 feet
Top Elevation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service– McNary National Wildlife Refuge
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Walla Walla
Local Maps

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Dec 2018